Tuesday 17 October

The Constitution of the Petersfield Town Partnership

1. The name of the organisation shall be The Petersfield Town Partnership

2. The Partnership shall be administered and managed in accordance with this constitution by members of the management committee as constituted by clause 7 of this constitution

3. Area of benefit – Petersfield and Neighbouring Parishes

4. Objects
The objects of the Organisation are:-

a) To consult with those living, working, studying or trading within the area of benefit about the issues that affect their quality of life
b) To encourage public involvement in the development and implementation of proposals and projects as a response to issues arising from these consultations
c) To undertake these projects and activities using apprpriate skills and resources of organisations and individuals living within the area of benefit

5. Powers
In furtherance of the above objects the management committee may exercise the following powers

a) To raise funds and invite and receive grants, donations and other contributions
b) To buy or lease and to maintain any equipment or materials necessary for the achievement of the objects
c) To buy take lease or in exchange, hire or otherwise acquire property and to maintain and equip it for use
d) To sell lease or dispose of all or any part of the property of the organisation
e) To borrow money to be charged against any part of the property of the organisation with the repayment of the money so borrowed
f) To employ paid workers (who will not be members of the management committee) as are necessary for the pursuit of the objects
g) To publish books periodicals, pamphlets and other materials printed, recorded or electronic format and to hold the intellectual property rights in any such material
h) To organise events as the management committee should determine
i) To cooperate with other organisations and statutory bodies in furtherance of any of the objects
j) To do all other such lawful things as are necessary for the achievement of the objects

k) To award an honorarium to the Secretary as appropriate.

6. Membership
Individual Membership is open to all over the age of 18 years who live, work, study or trade in the area of benefit.
Individuals under the age of 18 years may be admitted into Junior Membership at the discretion of the management committee.
Group membership is open to all organisations who have an interest in or work in the area of benefit

To become a member individuals/organisations should apply to the management committee who will approve the membership as soon as possible. Any membership subscriptions will be agreed at the Annual General Meeting

The management committee may by unanimous vote and for good reason terminate the membership of any ordinary or group member. Provided that the ordinary or group member concerned shall have the right to be heard by the management committee, accompanied by a friend, before the final decision is made.

7. Management Committee
The management committee shall consist of no more than 15 members and shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting
The management committee shall include the following Honorary Officers
Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Public Relations Officer.
And one representative from each of the three local authorities

A member of the management committee shall cease to hold office if he/she.
a) Has been convicted of any offence involving dishonesty or deception
b) Has been adjudged bankrupt or sequestration of his/her estate has been awarded and he/she has not been discharged
c) Has made a composition or arrangement with, or granted a trust deed for his/her creditors and has not been discharged
d) Has been removed by the Charity Commissioners or by any court or under the Company Director’s Disqualification Act 1986 or the Insolvency Act 1986 from being concerned with the management or control of any body
e) Has become incapable by reason of mental disorder, illness or injury, of managing his or her own affairs
f) Is absent without permission of the management committee from all its meetings held within a period of 6 months and the management committee resolves that he/she shall cease to hold office or
g) Notifies the management committee of his/her resignation: provided that at least three members of the management committee will remain in office when the notice of resignation is to take place.

8. Meetings of the Management Committee
There shall not be less than 3 meetings a year

A special meeting shall be called by the chair or any 2 members of the management committee upon not less than 21 days notice being given to other members about the matters to be discussed

Eight members shall constitute a quorum

When a vote is taken the matter shall be decided by a majority of those present and able to vote. In the case of equality of votes the chairman shall have a second and casting vote. In the case of the chairman being absent a member of the management committee shall be nominated to stand in for the chairman at the beginning of the meeting.

9. Sub Committees
The management committee may appoint and dissolve sub committees as it thinks fit, agree terms of reference for these committees and duration of sub committees. The management committee may appoint chairpersons for these sub committees and call for reports from them.

10. Finance
The funds belonging to the organisation may only be used to further the objects of The Partnership as stated in this constitution.

The funds of The Partnership shall be paid into an account operated by the management committee in the name of the organisation at a bank or other financial institution as the management committee shall decide.

All cheques and other instructions for the withdrawal of funds shall be signed by at least two out of three signatories as appointed at the first meeting after the AGM

An up to date statement of account shall be presented to the management committee at each committee meeting

The Treasurer shall prepare an annual statement of accounts which shall be examined annually by an independent person appointed at the Annual General Meeting and these examined accounts will be presented at the Annual General Meeting.

Where funds are received for specifically defined purposes, such funds shall be held as restricted funds and shall be used only for the purposes as defined by the donor. These shall be reported in the accounts as restricted funds. If such monies cannot be spent in accordance with the conditions of their donation, any unspent balance shall be returned to the donors or their trustees or otherwise used as the trustees or donors require or permit. In the absence of such requirement or permission after reasonable notice to the donor or trustees, the management committee shall apply such funds to purposes as near as possible to those for which they were granted.

11. Annual General Meeting
The management committee shall call an Annual General Meeting of the organisation which shall be held in the month of October each year or as soon as is practicable thereafter.
At least 21 days notice shall be given to all members of the partnership who are entitled to attend and vote at the meeting.
The business of the AGM shall be
• To receive the Annual report
• To receive the accounts
• To elect members of the management committee
• To appoint independent examiner
• To vote on proposals to alter this constitution as in clause 15
• To consider any other business for which due notice has been given

12. Special General Meeting
The management committee may call a Special General Meeting at any time provided at least 8 members of the committee request such a meeting. At least 21 day s notice shall be given to all members of the partnership who are entitled to attend and vote at the meeting. The notice shall state the business to be discussed.

13. Procedure at an Annual General Meeting and Special General Meeting
All general meetings shall be chaired by the current chairman of the management committee or in his/her absence by a person appointed at the beginning of the meeting. The Secretary or some other person especially appointed by the meeting shall keep a full record of proceedings at every general meeting. There shall be a quorum when eight persons or one tenth of the membership which ever is the lesser are present.

14. Entitlement to vote
Individual members shall be entitled to vote at the Annual General Meeting and special meetings.
Member organisations shall appoint one member to vote on their behalf at Annual General Meetings and special meetings.

15. Alterations to the constitution
This constitution may only be altered by a resolution passed by not less than two thirds of the members present and voting at a general meeting. Where the alteration involves a change to clause 4(objects) or clause 16 (dissolution) or to this clause at least 21 days notice must be given to all members.

16. Dissolution.
If the Management Committee decides to dissolve The Partnership, they shall call a meeting of all members of The Partnership of which not less than 21 days notice (stating the terms of the resolution to be proposed) shall be given. If the proposal is confirmed by two-thirds majority of those present and voting, the committee shall have the power to realise any assets held by or on behalf of the Partnership. Any assets remaining after the satisfaction of any proper debts and liabilities shall be given to such other charitable institutions having similar objects to this partnership as members may determine, or if that cannot be done be applied to for some charitable purpose.

as ratified by the Interim Executive Board on 6th December 2006.